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Benefits of 129/130 gr bullets w 6.5x284?

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Unread 12-14-2013, 06:05 PM
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Benefits of 129/130 gr bullets w 6.5x284?

I have seen all the merits of the 140 gr Berger VLD for hunting with a 6.5x284. I'm about to start reloading for mine, any reason why I should consider the 130 gr Berger or the Nosler AB Long Range 129 grainer? would be a Cooper 1:8, 24" barrel.

Just curious as to which bullet / powder combo should be the first I purchase... sounds like the 140 gr Berger with H4831sc might be a logical option.
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    Unread 12-14-2013, 09:04 PM
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    Re: Benefits of 129/130 gr bullets w 6.5x284?

    H4831SC didn't produce the velocity I had hoped for in my 6.5-284 with a 24" Bartlein bbl. I ended up with 130 Nos AB and 53.0 gr Re19. Killed 2 deer with it this year in SC.





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    Unread 12-14-2013, 09:10 PM
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    Re: Benefits of 129/130 gr bullets w 6.5x284?

    I do plan on working on more test loads with the 140 Berger VLD. I wanted a light rifle though. I will try H4350 and VVN160 and 165 also. If I can't get expected speeds from those in the 24" tube, I will just stick with the 130 AB since it shot so well in this rifle. If I ever build another 6.5-284, which is kind of doubtful, I will go with a 26" or 27" barrel.

    Right now I'm thinking the next 6.5 is going to be the Sherman.
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    Re: Benefits of 129/130 gr bullets w 6.5x284?

    Derek - thanks for the feedback, much appreciated! And great pics!
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    Re: Benefits of 129/130 gr bullets w 6.5x284?

    Imr7828 and Magpro with CCI250s is a good combo for the 129/130, best accuracy/velocity combo typically. If you want accuracy and velocity in a 24" barrel with 140s H1000, Retumbo, and Ramshot Magnum will get you 2900+ with good accuracy using fed215Ms.
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    Re: Benefits of 129/130 gr bullets w 6.5x284?

    DPORTER- what are you shooting at? i have 2 6.5-284. commonly i shoot 123 and 139 scenars and 120 balitic tips.
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    Re: Benefits of 129/130 gr bullets w 6.5x284?

    Unless you are limiting your shooting to a load for mid range hunting, I would opt for the 140 Berger. My Cooper 1:8 twist generates excellent ballistic performace, sub .5MOA accuracy, and single digit ES with with Retumbo. Velocity runs 2975FPS in a 26" barrel. No pressure signs, and easy on brass.
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